RESEARCH PROJECTS

 Thank you to all of our participants who have participated in our studies. We recognize you are trusting us with your stories and we are committed to honoring them. We could not do any of this work without you.


--Dr. Scott

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AFFIRMING GENDER TRANSITIONS IN ROMANTIC RELATIONSHIPS STUDY

Purpose: This qualitative project seeks to understand the experience of trans*/nonbinary individuals who have gone through part/all of their gender transitions while in romantic relationships. Participants completed 1-hour interview sessions to share the challenges and benefits of this experience. The goal of this study is to inform clinical guidelines for working with trans* individuals and their partners.

Status: We are finished with our initial recruitment goals and coding the data! We plan to submit manuscripts for publication in 2022.

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TRANSGENDER COUPLES STUDY

Purpose: This study will follow trans*/nonbinary individuals and their romantic partners across two time points during one year. The purpose of this project is to identify risk and protective factors associated with relationship quality and mental health outcomes in these relationships. The goal of the study is to inform relationship interventions for trans* individuals and their relationships by making these interventions more affirming and inclusive. This project is in collaboration with co-investigator, Dr. Kimberly Balsam, and will be funded by the American Psychological Foundation's Visionary Grant, awarded to Dr. Scott.

Status: To be launched in Fall 2021.   

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FEMALE SAME-GENDER AND QUEER COUPLES PROJECT

This study followed over 100 female same-gender and queer couples over the course of seven years. Results from this study have contributed to understanding communication processes, sexual satisfaction, minority stress, and longitudinal predictors of relationship dissolution in this population. 

Status: Data collection is completed! We have published several papers from this project and have a few more under review. 

CENTERING WOMEN’S WELLNESS PROJECT

Purpose: Along with colleagues, Dr. Karie Gaska, Ross University, and Dr. Joyce Yang, University of San Francisco, Dr. Scott received a data access award from the Association of American Medical Colleges. The goal of the project is to understand how women from marginalized racial and sexual identities experience the U.S. healthcare system and how these experiences are associated with physical and mental health outcomes. 


Status: Manuscripts will be submitted during Fall 2021-Spring 2022.  

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CONSENSUALLY NON-MONOGAMOUS RELATIONSHIPS

Purpose: This quantitative project seeks to understand the unique experience of sexual minority individuals who are currently in a consensual non-monogamous relationship*. Participants will be asked to complete a online survey that asks about their experiences with select intimate partners and their mental health outcomes. Study goal is to inform the culturally appropriate guidelines for future research and clinical care for this population.

  • *Consensual non-monogamy (n). A broad term that describes an agreed-upon, sexually non-exclusive relationship, which includes but does not limit to polyamory, swinging, and various other forms of ethically open relationships. (American Psychological Association) 


Status: To be launched in Spring 2022.

RACIAL MINORITY STRESS IN ROMANTIC RELATIONSHIPS: A QUALITATIVE STUDY

This study is in collaboration with Dr. Aleja Parsons at New York University. This qualitative project seeks to define Black love and racial stress among Black couples. To qualify, participants and their romantic partners must identify as Black and report being in a relationship with their partner for at least 6 months. Participation involves completing one focus group with other participants. If you are interested, please email  raceandrelationships@nyu.edu for more information. 


Of note, participants and their partners may identify with any gender identity or sexual orientation; however, Dr. Scott and her team will offer LGBTQ-specific focus groups through UTSA in Fall 2022 for LGBTQ participants who prefer that format.


Status: NYU site launched April 2022; UTSA anticipated launch Fall 2022

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